In the history of Japanese porcelain craftsmanship, Imari was an important location in Saga prefecture in Kyushu. This was where the porcelain clay was discovered and the skills of making porcelain originated in the late 1500s. Among the porcelain makers, Ri Sampei was most well-known and was considered the father of Japanese porcelain. When Japan was opened to the foreign countries, the port of Imari also became the point of export for European-style porcelain wares to the European market.
News of the excellent craftsmanship of the porcelain makers spread around the world very quickly. The increase in demand for European-style porcelain wares greatly influenced the development and innovation of the Japanese style. This led to drastic changes in the shapes, sizes, paintings and designs of porcelain wares.
However, the rise and fall of clans also affected the craftsmen who were under their protection. Only a group of craftsmen decided to put their heart and soul to achieve mastery in their art. This later becomes the Meiji-Imari style, meaning the craftsman’s use of his full energy and techniques.
Here is some information about the Imari-style craftsmanship provided by Japan Pottery Net.